REPORT: Murray see off Nishikori for Wawrinka ‘deja vu’

World number one Andy Murray came from a set down to beat 8th seed Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-1 7-6(0) 6-1. The Scot set a repeat of last year’s semifinal clash with third seed Stan Wawrinka.

It was Nishikori who got off to a bright start as the top seed kept moaning and yelling to his box after every lost point and errors. The Japanese struck twice on Murray’s serve to close out the first set.

Top seed Andy Murray on course for a maiden French Open title (rolandgarros.com)

Murray was given a time violation by chair umpire Carlos Ramos, as a result losing a first serve in game three.That penalty became the light bulb moment for last year’s finalist, winning five straight games to level the match.

The third set became a close encounter with momentum quickly shifting from one to the other. Murray could not hold on to his service breaks, especially the second while serving for two sets to one lead at 6-5.

Nishikori fell flat in the tiebreak, getting no point on the board. Murray took absolute control of the match from there and sealed a place in the last four.

2015 men’s champion Stan Wawrinka will face Andy Murray for the second straight semifinal at Roland Garros. (rolandgarros.com)

His next opponent Stan Wawrinka dominated the entire match against 7th seed Marin Cilic on Suzanne Lenglen. Cilic was yet to drop a set in the tournament making the match one which might go a distance.

But the  2015 Roland Garros winner made it look easy as he brushed aside the 2014 US Open winner in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-1.

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